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Murders of Sindh police constables fall on deaf ears
A number of police constables have been brutally murdered by criminals, but judiciary and security agencies, it seems, have gone completely deaf and are silent on these issues. Although media is trying its best to highlight the issue.

IT WAS just a day before Eid-ul-Adha when I received a message about the murder of Shaheed Piran Jurio Rahoojo. I was shocked and the news left me devastated, compelling me to think about the evening when he met me in my village.

He met me at the same place where I mostly used to sit with my village friends to keep active our security plans for whole of the village. He shared with me that he is at the target of some people so he will be killed very soon. I had advised him that he must get himself transferred from this district to somewhere else, but i still remember his reply: 'our uniform (wardi) is a sign of either to be shaheed (martyr) or Gazi (victor); I would never leave the duty in any way, come what may'.

It is said that that he may have left the duty station but the death was in pursuance in the shape of Jatoi behind him and nobody can dare to deny the strong roots of that powerful group around the country. It was not the first incident in Shikarpur that took place in broad daylight and in front of SSP's office but before this some other police officers including constables were put to death by the so-called group of the most wanted criminals, who are sheltered by some prominent politicians of Shikarpur.

Even I am not sure if I shall live the next day. I even harbour the fears that I could meet the same fate as the police constable met at the hands of most-wanted Bhabhoo Jatoi, a right hand of Jatoi Sardars of the Taluka Khanpur.

But I would openly use the words for Khanpur, a territory of Jatoi Sardars where nobody can dare to walk in without their consent, see without their order and think of without their permission. I am just wondering at the muted reaction of high ranked police officials and home ministry, who have all the powers to take them (Jatoi Sardars) down, but they wouldn't!

Judiciary is silent on this incident and victims are waiting for justice not from the courts and police, but from the Creator. They have lost their hopes from the law enforcement agencies after having received this type of inhumane attitude by high-ranked officials.

Here, I would like to add few lines from the Bollywood movie, OMG: Oh My God, which sends a strong message to all governing bodies of religious institutions, trusts and security establishments.

When Paresh Rawal (protagonist) fails to receive justice from these corrupt organisations, he files a case against the God. Should people not be rebellious against these vultures (read corrupt administrators)?  

I tried to contact Pavez Chandio, SSP Shikarpur about the matter of killing of police constables, but he has no time to discuss public issues. There is a huge space between public and government institutions because of the attitude of bureaucracy. People do not hold police, education, district administration or all government departments in good respect anymore.

Mr Chandio was hailed as a hero during the 2010 Jacobabad floods, but here his silence is simply killing the victims' families. There are very few police officials who were reliable and darling of the public, such as DIG Sanaullah Abbasi, Abdul Khalique Sheikh, A.D Khuwaja and amazing,, I had read their names in the book written by Saen Rasool Bux Palejo. They are posted on high ranks but presently they are more silent now.

Shikarpur in its past was called “Paris of the East” while presently a few well equipped terrorist groups have paralyzed the whole city in order to impose their supremacy. Here, I would put this situation before the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take sou moto action against nominated and most wanted offenders of the shaheed piran jurion Rahoojo.

Shikarpur has now become a slaughter house where every day innocent lives are put to death. People are already facing high scale poverty while on the other hand security issues have deteriorated the situation. The silence of the government is a clear message for the public about ignorance of state institutes. Public has lost all hopes from the state security institutions and may be they would form security wings to defend themselves.

All human rights commissions are silent on these issues and the attitude of civil society and human rights agencies has created more doubts. People are even asking themselves as after all they shouldn't become police constables.

My prayers for judiciary and heads of the state are:

- Offenders must be awarded death penalties (according to the law) but on immediate basis so that no one again takes such steps.

- Police constables must be given full assurance of their security.

- Judiciary must provide quick response to the referred cases for proceedings.

- Shaheed police constables must be given financial assistance, including full salary till their retirement, all retirement benefits, new appointments in Shaheed quota and all other related benefits.

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